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Sandusky County fills seat

Tom Jackson • Apr 9, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Sandusky County Republicans have named Charles Schwochow as a new county commissioner for the county.

Schwochow will fill the unexpired term of Matt Damschroder, who stepped down to take a job as a Fremont firefighter.

Schwochow will take office today, said Justin Smith, chairman of the Sandusky County Republican Party. Schwochow will also be the Republican candidate for the post when voters pick a new commissioner in November. Democrat Wilson Forney and independent John Cahill also are running.

The Sandusky County Republican Party’s central committee had been asked to choose between Schwochow and Stanley Root Jr., 62, a former member of the Fremont school board.

Root withdrew and threw his support behind Schwochow.

He also told the Republicans that he wished other possible candidates had been told Damschroder was quitting, so that they, too, would have had a chance to run. Schwochow filed shortly before filing ended for write-in candidates.

“I think he made his point,” Schwochow said. “I think maybe he’ll be a candidate later on down the line”

Schwochow, 58, owns 1st Choice Portable Staging, which provides temporary stages for performances at county fairs and other events.

He said he has tried to prepare for his new job.

“I’ve been going to the meetings and trying to keep up with the issues that they’re talking about” he said.

The appointment will give voters a chance to assess Schwochow’s performance before the election, Smith observed.

“I feel he will do a good job as commissioner, and I think the voters will approve of the job Charlie will do” Smith said.

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